The Court Orders they send out have false assertions in them, lies and
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Federal Judges Suffering Amnesia
J.A.I.L. News Journal
Federal Judges Suffering Amnesia
More and more in our complicated world of investment businesses, federal
judges are having to apologize when caught in conflicts of interest,
with the words, "Sorry, I just didn't remember that I owned corporate
stock in that company*which is litigating before me." This conflict of
interest is becoming so common place that*they generally argue
the*same defense, i.e., they just didn't know.
What's more is that none of these judges suffer any punishment for their
clear violations of*law. In other words, the message is established,
"Ignorance by judges is an irrefutable*defense." But with everyone
else, ignorance*is no excuse!*Just ask*those that were at the top
executive positions of Enron,*and*other corporate scandals wherein
ignorance was claimed.
Just imagine a system if all*thieves had to do at worse when*caught
was*return what*they stole.*Yet, this is clearly the standard set
for federal judges*caught engaging in deciding cases in which they own
This conflict is becoming so common-place, it would imply that every
federal judge should*ethically post outside his courtroom a complete
and true list of everything of which the judge owns so anyone with a
case in his court could see before entering court*if the judges
had*a conflict of interest. However, when such issues are
raised*on*this point, there has been*every blockage raised from
federal judges claiming privacy from having to*reveal their holdings.
Just try to probe into the holdings of any federal judge in which you
have a case, and see how far you get. The only way you can find out is
if it becomes a matter of open publicity.
Who in their wildest imagination could ever attempt to justify such a
unaccountable system*as that enjoyed by*federal judges. But this is
the benefits granted federal judges for serving as the
protective*alligators in the mote that surrounds the Executive and
Legislative Castle. As hand-in-glove, they*must each protect*one
another, clearly establishing the need for judicial accountability
offered by J.A.I.L.* - Ron Branson
New York Daily News
Fed judges in stocks
By GREG B. SMITH
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, September 15th, 2003
In July 1997, Manhattan Federal Judge Milton Pollack awarded $29 million
to Chase Manhattan Bank in a routine contract dispute, the kind that
shows up in courts every day. The case was ordinary - the ruling was
At the time, Pollack and his family owned up to $300,000 worth of stock
in the beneficiary of his ruling: Chase. Even after Pollack said he
realized he owned Chase stock, records show he then sold it for a gain
of $50,000 to $100,000 - and stayed on the case anyway.
Last week, an appeals court vacated Pollack's award, calling the veteran
judge's conflict "an abuse of discretion" and ordering that a different
Manhattan federal judge take the case.
But Pollack is not the only judge whose stock holdings raise
conflict-of-interest questions. The Daily News found several other New
York federal judges who owned stock in companies involved in lawsuits in
With a rise in the number of New York-based shareholder suits since the
1990s Wall Street bubble burst, such judicial conflicts - which the law
strictly prohibits - have become increasingly difficult to avoid,
experts say. "I can't understand why any judge sitting in New York would
own stock in any company likely to litigate in New York," said lawyer
Daniel Levitt, who successfully appealed Pollack's ruling. "New York
judges should not be owning stock in financial houses, banks, Verizon.
These are the people who wind up in their courts."
The law states clearly that federal judges must recuse themselves from
cases involving parties in which they have any financial interest. But
no one judges the judges, who are appointed by the President to
$136,000-a-year jobs for life. They are supposed to monitor
themselves.*"It is a self-policing system and it is destined to break
down from time to time," said Steven Lubet, a law professor at
Northwestern University's Chicago campus.
Manhattan and Brooklyn federal courts are no exception. A review of
court records and financial disclosure forms found several sitting
judges with possible conflicts of interest. ....
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